Homemade Cannoli Shells

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I love Italian food's flavor an cooking methods, the techniques you use are very simple but produce a very complex taste.  In this instructable I will show you how to make cannoli shells from scratch.  
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Step 1: The Ingredients and Materials

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To make the cannoli shells you will need the following:
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp of dark drown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp of salt
  • 3 tbsp of softened butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 oz. of sweet Marsala wine
1. Mix the everything but the Marsala in a bowl with a pastry cutter until it is crumbly, the butter and egg yolks should be thoroughly mixed.
2. Add in the wine 1 oz at a time, until you are able to mix it with your hands.
3. Form into a ball and let sit uncovered for 30 minutes.

While the dough is resting we will form the cannoli tubes out of foil.

Step 2: Making Cannoli Tubes

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For the structure of the cannoli tubes we will use aluminum foil.  I used foil that was 12 inches wide and folded it in half to make it thicker.  The dowel I used was 1 1/4 inch in diameter, I let the foil overlap on the dowel about 3 times to strengthen it as well.  Doing some simple math I know I need the length of the foil to be 12 inches long [3(1.25 x 3.14) ≈ 12 inches]. For this dowel we will need a sheet that is 12 inches x 12 inches
  1. Fold the foil in half with the dull side out.
  2. Roll it tightly around the dowel.
  3. Slid off and make a few more.
Try not to crush the foil, but make it so you can slide it back onto the dowel when putting on the disk of dough and seal the ends so it does not come apart when frying.
AS88711 year ago

Hey guys, I made this recipe and its great. The only thing was I needed to make gluten free cannoli. I added an extra oz of masala and also added 1 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of cold water. Came out great. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

gnach1 year ago
Grammah used a cut up broom stick. The foil is good idea! thx
So nice! You are really making me want to make cannolis!
Blue Hawaii2 years ago
My family uses bamboo for the tubes.